Is it equal or is it equitable? There’s a big difference.

Natural selection cartoon croppedA colleague from the UN gave me this cartoon.  Whether I’m doing train the trainer training, talking about stages of group development or intercultural conflict resolution training, the difference between equality and equity comes up.

Many people see them as the same thing (pun intended).

They’re not.

Equality is treating everyone the same.  Equity is treating people fairly.

Big difference.

If we recognize that people hold different perspectives, different world views, & we act on that premise, it’s a start towards equity.

How does this play out in your work?

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